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The gist of it is true Health Care System in Japan "100% of Japanese people have their healthcare regardless of income" This is partially true. All are mandated to have coverage, but that coverage is not 100%, and not all have the mandated coverage. The health care system in Japan provides healthcare services, including screening examinations, ...


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This figure has been extracted from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report. Washington Post: According to the CBO, 64-year olds making $26,500 per year would see their premiums increase by an estimated 750 percent by 2026. While they are on track to pay $1,700 under the current law, the CBO projects the American Health Care Act would force them to ...


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Based on data published by the OECD, the claim that the United States spend more public money on health resources than other developed countries is true. The figures given there for the 35 OECD member states and a selection of additional countries report expenditures on health care goods and services (i.e. current health expenditure) including personal ...


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I assume this is referring to the American Red Cross, because that is where Cracked.com is based. Note also that describing the Red Cross as "a business" is somewhat misleading. It is a foundation. Red Cross do sell blood to hospitals. Yes. All the centers that supply blood for transfusions—whether they're part of the American Red Cross or not—sell ...


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Not according to the BBC Doctors had argued that continuing life-support treatment would not benefit Charlie but "prolong the process of dying". A lawyer representing Great Ormond Street Hospital said: "This is not pioneering or life-sustaining treatment, but a purely experimental process with no real prospect of improving Charlie's condition ...


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Snopes has already tackled this. Using some very specific analyses, one could make the case that (at least within the last several years) about 643,000 Americans declared bankruptcy annually due to medical bills. But the accuracy of those analyses is open to question, the playing field has changed significantly since they were undertaken (due to the ...


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But more striking is the fact that all of these other countries supposedly have no one going bankrupt from medical bills. Are these claims true? Not for Canada. There's a claim on this site -- which, admittedly, does look kind of dodgy -- that medical expenses are the third leading cause for personal bankruptcy in Canada. I'm still trying to find a ...


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A 2011 literature review looked at the problem as it related to one particular condition: Difficulties in diagnosing pulmonary embolism in the obese patient: A literature review. They conclude that there is a problem - not only are many CT scanners unable to handle morbidly obese patients (although this is improving), there are no guidelines for when this ...


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It seems that we don't know, but probably not. What we have here is a notable person claiming without a reference that a peer reviewed journal supposedly reported on what many might consider a miracle. This in itself doesn't prove anything, but you are right to be skeptical. According to the Mary Baker Eddy Library, which is an organization affiliated with ...


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No. This is indeed a reference to an executive order, but the regulations related to it aren't in effect yet. Trump is referring to an executive order, mentioned above, but it has no force in law on its own and no one has yet joined these associations. The rules spelling out how the executive order would work have not been issued yet, so Trump is simply ...


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The level of state funded healthcare spending in the USA is similar to the levels of spend in comparable countries despite not covering the majority of the population Britain's Office of National Statistics provided a useful summary of international health spending in G7 countries in 2016. This includes the data shown in the following chart (The data is ...


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But more striking is the fact that all of these other countries supposedly have no one going bankrupt from medical bills. Are these claims true? 0 is totally untrue for Germany. I first must point out, that Germany doesn't have free health insurance in that sense. It has by law mandatory health insurance, i.e. everybody is forced to be insured. Nobody ...


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The letter is from the Heart and Lung Clinic of Spectrum Health, a healthcare provider based out of Grand Rapids Michigan. It is not from either an insurance provider or a Medicaid group. In other words Spectrum is in the business of providing healthcare (and getting paid for it). It is not deciding who gets - or does not get - money to cover their ...


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Perfect data for this would answer the question. It would show us how much is spent per country on primary treatment (physicians, nurses, pharmaceuticals, medical procedures), and how much on overhead (administration, fees, insurance overhead, etc.). Unfortunately this information is hard to come by - though it is probably out there. To answer this question ...


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The short answer is No. I don't understand the use of the words "abduct" and "murder" in the context except as hyperbole and the post seems to have at best a slim grasp of the facts. The court's decision, summary reasons and judgment are available from Bailii here http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2017/972.html. Why did the court have any say at ...


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There is an article from the CDC on this titled "Behind International Rankings of Infant Mortality: How the United States Compares with Europe". They show the different reporting requirements, and the US is indeed one of the countries with the strictest reporting requirements. But 14 out of 19 European Countries have the same reporting requirements as well. ...


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My TL;DR summary is: there is too much uncertainty at this stage to know what the specific effect of an ACA repeal would be. The rest of this answer explains in more detail that: On the effect of health care reform and expanded coverage on mortality rates, Two studies involving four states that increased insurance coverage found that states that enact ...


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Short answer: Yes. Annual waste estimates of between 21% and 47% are supported. The OED defines waste, n. as a... Useless expenditure or consumption, squandering (of money, goods, time, effort, etc.). The following categories of waste in US Health Care fit this definition : Failures of Care Delivery: the waste that comes with poor execution or ...


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The quote attributed to the OTA is untrue, both in its exact words and in its intended meaning. With thanks to Oliver C, the quote that they are referring to is from this report. The full quote is: It has been estimated that only 10 to 20 percent of all procedures currently used in medical practice have been shown to be efficacious by controlled ...


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Tl;dr: the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA) doesn't specifically consider sexual assault a pre-existing condition (PEC), (an unknown amount of) insurance companies consider (the consequences of) sexual assault a PEC. The AHCA only regulates how those companies can treat people with PECs. Reader beware: This is an emotional and controversial topic. ...


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There's a link in the article explaining the situation - see "gag clauses". Pharmacies negotiate contracts with benefit managers to set the prices of drugs and other terms regarding how they will be sold. One of those terms might be that the pharmacists are not allowed to tell the patients their drug would be cheaper if they paid cash. So it depends what ...


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Women patients with metastatic breast cancer (for example) lived much longer after diagnosis in 1995 compared to 1920. This 1983 study describes an interesting aspect to this question: Survival of women with metastatic breast cancer at Yale from 1920 to 1980. Todd M, Shoag M, Cadman E., J Clin Oncol. 1983 Jun;1(6):406-8. The survival of metastatic breast ...


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I think the answer depends on what you mean by your question, which you stated as: Is it "a known risk that people are dying of starvation because we cannot produce enough food"? As is often the case, we'll need to go into what some of those terms mean. To start with, the risk part you quote is certainly an unlucky choice; if people are dying of starvation,...


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The "zero" part is exaggerated for greater effect. It's not accurate, and might even be considered a lie. People can always opt to pay for treatment their insurance does not cover. In some of these countries people still need to pay (a smaller amount) for medical treatment, and/or for insurance. In some of these countries, people still need to pay for ...


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It is highly dubious. This data comes from a 2006 book published by a conservative think tank, the American Enterprise Institute. The report is titled The Business of Health: The Role of Competition, Markets, and Regulation. Sure enough, they ranked USA the highest after "standardizing" the (old) data: One clue that this shouldn't be trusted is that ...


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There's a Scientific American article, Cost of Medical Care for Transgender Service Members Would Be Minimal, Studies Show, which cites two studies: One from the RAND Corporation: The study also estimated that the cost associated with medical care for gender transition would only increase military health care expenditures by between $2.4 million and $8.4 ...


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Yes, this is the case - for some definition of 'waste' The New England Journal of Medicine ran a study to determine the overhead costs of the US and Canadian healthcare system. After exclusions, administration accounted for 31.0 percent of health care expenditures in the United States and 16.7 percent of health care expenditures in Canada. Canada's ...


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Ezra Klein at The Washington Post comments "Not Quite" in his article. Jones’s study does not find that 98 percent of all Catholic women have used contraceptives. What it does, however, bear out is the claim that many have made with this statistic: that sexually-active, Catholic women do tend to use contraceptives at the same rate as their non-Catholic ...


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Ironically, it appears that this claim has been badly mangled by the claimants due to poor literacy skills! Let's start with definitions. Here is how Health Literacy: A Review distinguishes between "literacy" and "health literacy". Literacy is defined as the basic ability to read and speak English, whereas functional health literacy is the ability to ...


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Experts think blue plates work because food looks more tasty No they don't. Patients with dementia can see food on a blue plate. If they can see food, they are more likely to eat it. Some patients with dementia have problems seeing white food on a white plate, or red food on a red plate. When they don't see any food, they don't eat. It is possible the ...


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